the amazing race season 20Meet Dave and Rachel, a married couple from Wisconsin. He’s a 33 year old Army Officer, and she’s a 30 year old Project Manager (and kind of looks like an older Maci Bookout from Teen Mom).  Their official biography is after the jump:

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Survivor One World:  Nina Acosta
Age: 51
Tribe: Salani

Here we meet 51 year old retired LAPD officer, Nina Acosta.  She competed twice to become the first female SWAT member in L.A., but failed both times.  Well, I wouldn’t really use the word ‘failed’.  She passed the training course, but was still left out, sued for discrimination and won $2 million dollars.  Personally I’d rather have the $2 million than be on a SWAT team, so it sounds like she’s a winner in my eyes.

Unless she managed her money like a rapper, she’s still probably sitting comfortably, so she is likely one of those people who will use this as an ‘experience’ and will rub people the wrong way until she’s booted pretty early.  Then again, she could show some super strong leadership on her all-female tribe and make it to merge.  I take her as a ‘love her or hate her’ type, and time will tell how her tribe feels.

View Nina Acosta’s Official Profile At Survivor Junkies

 

Survivor One World:  Jay Byars
Age: 25
Tribe: Manono

Survivor One World Jay Byars

Jay Byars is a model from South Carolina who is on the all-male tribe of Manono.  He brings his good looks and high pitched voice to the new season of Survivor: One World.  To read more about Jay Byars, check out his profile on Survivor Junkies

Here are some more photos of Jay

See more Jay Byars photos at Survivor Junkies

 

kate gosselin doing a cruise lineNow that her show is over, it appears Kate Gosselin is willing to take any job that will remotely keep the spotlight on her as much as possible, and she may have found a perfect outlet. In August, you have the perfect opportunity to do what you’ve always wanted to do, go on a cruise and have the entire thing focused on one person (hint: not you).

I hear some events include:

  • How to exploit your children – Learn how you can maximize potential profit from any child that you spit out.
  • Get the upper hand on your divorce – This is a great session if you know you’re a raging bitch but want to appear like the “good guy” when you get a divorce from your husband.
  • Receive a personal gift from Kate(note: check your bags and make sure it’s not one of her kids)
  • Lunch Break – Eat like a Hollywood star!  You will be served your choice of a hamburger or hotdog and some fries.. yum!
  • Get that hot bikini body you’ve always wanted! – Kate gives you one-on-one lessons on how to achieve that perfect bikini body no matter how many kids you have. (note: the phone numbers of the plastic surgeons will be available throughout the entire event)
  • Farewell Dinner – This is when you get to say goodbye to the very talented Kate Gosselin. (note: If you have any potential job opportunities for Kate, feel free to stick around after this event to meet up with her very personally)

Where do I sign up??

Brandi Passante Storage WarsOut of all the “wars” shows on right now, Storage Wars is definitely my favorite by far.  They did an excellent job picking the right people for this show from Dave “Yuup” Hester to loveable Barry, and here we have another from the show, Jarrod’s girlfriend / partner – Brandi Passante.

I know the first thing you’ll notice is the answer to a big question, “Are Brandi and Jarrod married”, and while they’ve been together for about 12 years now, they’ve never made it “official”, but fear not, they bicker as good as any married couple!  Brandi started attending auctions when Jarrod struggled a bit early on, and she’s generally the voice of reason in his ear (but she’s been known to get aggressive too).  As far as attending because he was struggling, I think it’s probably more like the show asked her to show more for both eye candy, and because the chemistry she has with Jarrod cannot be matched on reality TV right now.

Sometimes watching the two together, you’d think they were brother and sister, as they’re never shy to take jabs at one another, and that makes it so refreshing and entertaining to watch.  They don’t pretend to be some fake couple, in fact if you go into most homes right now, you’ll see married people acting more like Brandi and Jarrod than the Brady’s.

And being a woman who has reached a bit of fame in the reality TV world, naturally the rumors started floating about her past.  I’ve heard she’s been a stripper, in porn, and many other things of that nature.  So far there has been no evidence backing this up, so all we know is she’s a pretty damn good businesswoman regardless of whatever she did in the past.

What do you think of Brandi? Share your thoughts here!

This fall’s Direct TV schedule is full of entertaining possibilities, as many shows enjoy new premieres or continuations. This is a consistent aspect of the fall season, and has fans of all sorts of different genres very excited for the months to come. In particular, the reality tv schedule for this fall is quite extensive, and includes a number of different programs for people to keep an eye on. So, with this in mind, here are a few words on some of the biggest reality shows going on this fall.

o The new season of Dancing With The Stars debuted in late September, and promises to offer more of the same for its fans this season. This fall’s lineup of stars features Chaz Bono, Kristin Cavallari, and US Soccer star Hope Solo, among others, and should be just as much fun as people have come to expect from the series.

o On September 21st, Fox brought new Simon Cowell reality talent show The X-Factor to American television for the first time. The structure and idea of this show are extremely similar to American Idol, which helped to turn Cowell into a television superstar, and many are curious to see how closely the shows compare – and which is better.

o The Amazing Race came back for a 19th time on September 25th, and really, the fact that this marks the 19th run says it all. This series continues to gather and entertain its followers, and looks to continue for some time to come.

o Some were surprised to hear about, on September 28th, the beginning of The Real World San Diego 2. This show is almost unique in how long it has managed to stay successful on MTV, which tends to allow many of its programs to come and go over the course of a few years. However, The Real World hasn’t changed, and is back in San Diego for a second time.

o Continuing the trend/genre of reality tv shows that follow celebrities and their home lives, Gene Simmons Family Jewels premiered on October 4th, and should be interesting to follow. This show combines a rock star of previous generations with an audience (the celebrity reality tv audience) of primarily younger people.

These are just a few of the literally dozens of reality shows that have premiered or continued this fall season. If you are a fan of this type of programming, you should definitely look up a full list of premieres, just to be sure that you are not missing out on something that sounds particularly interesting or entertaining to you. You may realize just how many options there are out there when it comes to reality television.

the amazing race 19It should have been a pretty big clue that on the night of “The Amazing Race 19” premiere, I had a stomach bug and felt worse when I tried to watch it.  Coincidence?  At the time I felt so, but after watching both episodes this season, I’m beginning to think otherwise.

After the initial stomach clue, I probably should have simply turned off the show when 5 minutes in, Phil was trying to show off his trademark eyebrow lift for a few solid seconds. Has the show stooped to the point where the host is trying to be “known” for something?  Despite the cheesy factor, I continued to watch, and was shocked how challenging he made the first puzzle seem.   He said some shit like (and I’m paraphrasing here) “Go find an umbrella, figure out the letters up top mean such and such thing, compare it to the umbrella, find the right one, then decipher that shit out so you can then re-arrange the letters to get your next destination

However, what Phil should have said was “Run up, grab and umbrella and stand in line while I tell you if it’s the right one or not.  When you find the right one, run to your car and I’ll tell you exactly where you’re going”  Great.  We go from what sounds to be a challenging puzzle to some sort of guessing game.  Great way to start off the season.  Oh, and for kickers, the unlucky ones who pick out their umbrella last will be subject to a new thing called a Hazard (basically a different name for a speed bump).  Sweet.

We're smart!

One of the biggest surprises happened in a long time, and the show (almost) had nothing to do with it.  Promptly after boasting how smart they were, one of the Vegas showgirls dropped her passport at a gas station, nearly putting their race to an end before they could even board the airplane.  We’ve seen lost passports before, but I don’t recall a time that a team had a brain fart this costly before even leaving the United States.  Thanks to some fake twitter detectives (*cough* production), the girls were called over the loud speakers at the airport and told some guys found it and brought it there.   Sure, I believe the crew was really going to leave a passport on the ground at some random gas station and not doing anything about it.

Sure, it would have sucked for the super smart showgirls, but come on, stay out of it.  I know you didn’t want to lose the eye candy before the show really began, but you didn’t have to make it so obvious that you stepped in and helped.

The first episode finished with “Ma and Pa” finishing very dead last by a long shot, so they were sent home, right?  Wrong!  Week 1 and it’s already a non-elimination leg.  This naturally means they’re at a disadvantage, right?  Wrong again, my friends.  The first 15 or so minutes of episode 2 was spent allowing every team to catch up at the airport, then all hop on the same train together.

Seriously?  The only “race” part of the show consists of getting lucky on the taxi that’s planted at every airport for them. Between the luck of the taxi driver, the relative ease and sometimes luck of competitions, the show has really taken a downward turn over the past few seasons.  It’s basically just a traveling competition show now.

To top it off, the “game changer” last night was the fine print at one challenge where teams had to give the orphanage ALL their money and not just the money earned from the detour.   If you missed it, and most did, you had to walk back and turn in all the money.  This completely shook up the rankings, and paired with the double elimination week made the first real eviction basically all about who can pay attention to details of one clue over a duration of two episodes.

I’m going to keep watching to see if the show picks up, and mostly because I started liking and rooting for the snowboarders.  Hopefully this season isn’t a disappointment, but so far it’s off to a slow start.

Kate Gosselin in a bikini(Kate at her new job, collecting sea shells and selling them to tourists)

Sorry I haven’t really updated this blog in awhile, I’ve been far too busy at my Big Brother Blog, and when you have to sit there and watch a real life version of the game The Sims, then blog about their every movement, that gets time consuming!

When I am not watching the live feeds for Big Brother, I am still chugging away at many summer reality shows, mostly things like Repo Games, Hoarders, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, and even (I’m embarrassed to type this) Toddlers and Tiaras.   I mostly watch the last part to see what not to do as a parent, and I’m getting good advice, like not to stick your kid in a beauty pageant when she’s 3 years old and would rather be at home doing kid things.

Quickly skipping through commercials, I landed on a Kate Plus Eight commercial and was shocked to see the show was still on.  Naturally just a few days later, TLC has decided not to renew her show, but instead check in on them in the future during “specials” (Some suggestions: “Behind The Reality Show“, “Where are they now?“, “My Strange Addiction: Plastic Surgery“)

Radar Online rushed right out to get Jon Gosselin’s opinion on the matter, because we were all waiting on the edge of our seats to know what he thinks of the matter.  His reply:

“I hope they can have more private family moments,” he added.  “I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future.”

Yea, ok Jon.  I believe you.  I read this as “I’m glad my bitch ex-wife is finally no longer going to be in the spotlight I so desperately crave”  You have to wake up pretty early in the day to fool me, Jon!

Kate’s next move?  Does anyone really care at this point?  My guess is she’s going to have to start living like a normal person and stop touring the world between tummy tucks.

storage wars dave hesterThe new season of Storage Wars began last week, which resulted in a lot of questions about the cast of the show, so I thought it would be a good idea to profile the main players in the storage locker bidding world.

I am going to begin with the man everyone loves to hate: Dave Hester.  I chose Dave first simply because – love him or hate him – he’s quickly becoming one of the most recognized people from the show.   He is clearly the smartest bidder of the bunch, and runs a very successful consignment shop out of Costa Mesa, CA (no doubt helped by the exposure from the show).

(For those who don’t know, his shop differs from a regular thrift store as people basically put stuff in his shop to sell and don’t get money until it does.   I guess similar to a real life Ebay, without the bidding.  That’s the best way I can describe consignment)

On the show, Dave rubs his competitors the wrong way on a daily basis, with his last minute bids, and clear attempts to simply drive up the cost of lockers.   He will come out of nowhere to use his catch phrase “Yuuuup” which really gets in the heads of people bidding because once they hear that, they usually know there is either something in the locker worth getting, or they’re being duped.. either way, hearing “Yuuup” knows they will probably have to pay a few hundred more than they wanted to spend.

He is by far the top player of the show, as last season he spent $20.9k (9k more than his next bidder, Darrell), but made $144k in sales for a whopping $6.88 made per dollar he spent. (source: Wikipedia)

On a personal level, I’m torn on Dave.  He is a fantastic businessman, so you have to respect that, but there is no doubt he can be frustrating to watch.  Most of us have been involved in auctions on some level, and there was always that person who has to jump in at the last minute to drive up your price.  That’s Dave Hester.

Is he frustrating? Yes.  Is he annoying?  At times.  Would Storage Wars be a successful show without him?  I doubt it.

Erryn Cobb from MasterchefBecause I’m in love with my DVR, I tend to watch a lot of shows a day late, so while I know Master Chef is recording right now, I am blogging about last night’s episode because, well, I finally got around to watching it.

There are only a few shows I turn in roughly 15 minutes after it starts (to still prevent commercials!), and Master Chef is not one of them. It’s not a bad show, but it definitely doesn’t have the ‘wow factor’ to have me craving it as soon as it’s on.

The drama this season has been completely absurd with Max having a rivalry with half the contestants, then Suzy looking absolutely obnoxious, and now we’re going through the Christian phase.  Like Suzy, there will be some drama with him that night, he’ll act up, be put in his place, and we won’t hear from it again.

Despite the editing to make these guys appear annoying, the cast has been pretty enjoyable for the most part.  Derrick appears genuinely humble, Christine is always entertaining – especially after a few drinks, and Giuseppe seems like a great guy.   That being said, there have been a few invisible people this season, and they’re being slowly eliminated.

That brings us to Erryn Cobb, who finally had more than 2 seconds of speaking time this season, and anyone who has watched this show before knows that’s probably not a good sign when that happens (if they’re not one of the personalities of the show).

During the very creepy aphrodisiac segment of the episode (including Graham Elliot talking about going to 3rd base with a soup), Erryn completely screwed up his dish and had about 5 minutes to correct it.  Needless to say, the judges were less than thrilled when he gave them a plate with a few strips of meat and a few vegetables that had only a little bit of the $500 truffle inside it.

Despite the predictable scare to Jennifer and putting her in the bottom 3, Erryn was sent packing before he really got to be on the show. I know the editing can easily make a dickhead look amazing, and a great person look like shit, but the way Erryn handled his exit was truly one of the classier things we’ve seen on a reality show.  If that was edited properly, and he really did ‘take it like a man’, I applaud him for being a rare breed of class on these shows, and miss the dying breed that is an Erryn Cobb.